Roll On

Trees flew by
Feeling of peace
Zero from outer space

Functioning as a kind of “purposiveness without a purpose,” Kant claims judgments about beauty are disinterested. For him this means humans appreciate beauty without seeking any alternative use. Furthermore, because these judgments of beauty are completely impartial, Kant thinks desire does not factor in the value assessment. Since the individual is not influenced by desire, his opinion must consequently be universal. So a subjective aesthetic response is always considered by the adjudicator to be objectively universal, applying without exception. What is universal here is not the judgment of beauty, but rather the conviction that such a subjective judgment is universal.

“No sound, once made, is ever truly lost. In electric clouds, all are safely trapped, and with a touch, if we find them, we can recapture those echoes of sad, forgotten wars, long summers, and sweet autumns.” – Ray Bradbury